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Serious street riding in Italy

A word, please, about Italian drivers. They were weaned on Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Lamborghinis. They are expert operators, generally, who seem to think every trip to the supermarket is a Formula One event.

Travel

Family adventure on Turks and Caicos Islands

Our captain, the avuncular "Marvelous" Marvin Mullings, pilots our boat, the Always Something, away from a squall and toward a quiet beach - quiet, that is until all the other boat captains of Providenciales, the most-visited of the Turks and Caicos Islands, reach the same conclusion and join us, forming a moored flotilla. Marvin is one-part seaman, one-part showman; he encourages us to attend to his safety instructions while gently inebriating us on rum punch. We then snorkel above a school of small, blue and utterly complacent fish, next climb back onboard for our next destination, Half Moon Beach.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Nostalgia is hot for fall centerpieces

There is something so nostalgic about fall for me. Maybe it comes from growing up in a small, Midwestern river town, where the trees turned spectacular shades of scarlet, amber and orange. Where apple orchards were bursting with juicy fruit ready for a snack or pie. Or maybe it was the excitement of football game days in our small college town. Fall just feels like home, familiar and friendly.

Travel

In the footsteps of the Bronte Sisters

Staring at the horizon, I might have been looking at a vast canvas where the technique of chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, was used to create a specific mood. One minute sunshine dappled the landscape; the next misty rain enveloped it.

Home & Garden

8 great contemporary toiles

Toile de Jouy is named after the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, where it got its start in the 18th century. That explains all those pastoral scenes peopled by farmers in Colonial-era garb. Yet these toile designs also telegraphed the news of the world, whether it be balloon voyages, the American victory in a revolutionary war or the toppling of a king. You can still buy those designs as wallpaper or fabric.

Home & Garden

Rooftop gardens grow fierce

WICHITA, Kan. - More than a decade after people first moved into the lofts at Grant Telegraph in Old Town, their rooftop gardens are starting to draw eyes upward to leafy lushness.

Home & Garden

Moving? Don't start packing without these 8 painless tips

You've been perusing real estate apps for months, have gone to countless house inspections and finally found the home of your dreams. But before you start building your decor Pinterest board and investing in new wares, it's time to tackle one of the most frustrating parts of the process: moving.

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Help with a washer drain

Q: My washing machine is located in the basement in a room directly beneath the kitchen. When water drains from the washer, it's going into a hole in the basement floor. The sump pump kicks on, but the water comes back up into the kitchen sink. The water recedes, but I'm not exactly sure to where. Anytime any water enters the sump hole, the pump kicks on and water comes back up into the sink - this could be water draining from doing dishes in the sink or even just accumulated condensation from the A/C or from the high efficiency furnace. Could this be caused by the vent pipe on the roof being clogged?

Videos

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

Olympia homeowner David Williams along with former MGM and Paramount studios' set designer Thomas Polidori offer their thoughts during a July 10th tour of the basement area which was turn it into a replica London street from the 1930s, including an Art Deco theater, faux storefronts, cobblestones, manholes, neon signs etc. Scaled down from an actual period commercial movie house a state-of-the-art theater featuring digital access to most any film caps-off the experience.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater 3:36

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater

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VIDEO: Sausage master Joe Marchel crafts a bestseller

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VIDEO: Teamwork and trust are musts for sheepdog competition

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VIDEO: Cool moms reflect on parenting